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  1. More Wi-Fi hotspots for Phuket as plan to tag tourists mulled

    Even my homeland, the ever-growing police/surveillance State, hasn't gone this far. It's still only a wetdream for them. If the Thai government pulls this off they will come much closer to the Orwellian 1984 nightmare that most governments deeply crave to inflict on their citizens. For their safety and protection of course! Needless to say, this is just more empty talk from the Thai government while the wholesale carnage and slaughter of both foreign and domestic people on what is euphemistically called the highway system here continues unabated. At least they have their priorities straight! (sarcasm)
  2. For the first time I will reply directly to an OP without reading all the sage advice of other forum members. I did scan it quickly, but I've been down this road, even being so foolish as to use western union once and getting skinned alive. The easy answer that I use every month for the last year to several recipients in Thailand. Google "TransferWise" Open an account, give them your K Bank Account number and it's all done by ACH in a matter of days. First time takes a bit longer. Look at their business model and how they got started. You will find they charge far less than Any other method with far less trouble. Wiring money is totally old school BS and you are dealing directly with the central bank system as an individual: a recipe for disaster. At the very least look at Transfer Wise first and then look at other methods. I've been using them for a year and had amazing results. If you call or email you get immediate and careful support. This is, IMO, the ONLY way to transfer money internationally.
  3. Red flags on Cha-am beach

    Very interesting info. I have a relatively small rental house about 3 blocks from the beach, well isolated on dead-end road that sees essentially no traffic. I've come to realize I was pretty lucky to stumble across it. I pay 12,000/mo for four rooms 3 x 3m plus a bathroom. It's fully furnished as well. The Thai owner is adamant about only renting to falang. The house was empty for 5 months before I rented it. I have become too lax about the jellies I guess and will be more careful now. What times are they a problem? BTW, I was just in the Phuket Airport the other night and observed the landing of several Chinese armies complete with little flags, clogging all the airport doors. I have never considered myself a bigot but maybe I should take another think on that. I have traveled enough in Asia to know that they are not generally welcome in many countries because of their careless and abusive attitudes. No matter how liberal you may consider yourself I guess direct experience can be challenging!
  4. Red flags on Cha-am beach

    Ahhhhhhhhhh.... They have landed, in droves. They clog the airports every day with huge tour groups. Thankfully they haven't swarmed Chaam yet. Only a matter of time I suppose. As for trash on the beach, I think chaam beach is relatively clean compared to more popular tourist destinations. Hmmmmm. Makes me wonder who the trash droppers on the tourist beaches really are. I fervently hope chaam never becomes popular! Also, I've only been here a year, but never see jellies in the water like Huahin has. Water seems pretty clean on beaches. Not crystal clear but not dirty either. Almost total lack of people on the beaches except for the Thai weekend crowd from Bangkok. Thankfully falang goobers like me are also very scarce. Still seems like near - paradise to me. I can't understand how the people here make a living with so little tourist income even in high season. Condos galore stand practically empty. Must be a tax thing for Thai investors.
  5. I do feel badly for the Russian parents for one reason only, and it's not because they lost their child. As for the son: you live like a fool, you die like one; it's all but inevitable. What must hurt the parents the most is knowing that they MUST have known that their kid was a risk to himself and others but did nothing to curtail it. Sure, go ahead and tell me they couldn't watch him or control a 22yo. Well, sorry...But... They should have explained to him why they were disowning him and the responsibility for his almost certain fatal behavior. That might have shocked him; maybe not. But at least they would know they made their very best effort. Now they can only wish they had tried harder. And yes, I am a parent too. I admit to perhaps being too judgmental without knowing all the facts, but I guess that my suspicions about their relationship to their son is spot on. What should hurt them as much if not more is knowing that their son is a murderer of two other family's children. That is a shame that will be very difficult to live with. It's hard for me to "give any of them a break", except the pedestrian whom others are actually saying was also culpable in his own death. I beg to differ. Unless he willfully and suicidally leapt in front of the conveniently and insanely speeding cyclist, he is surely not to blame. The reality is that pedestrians ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE have the right of way before a powerful machine. I seldom indulge in this kind of discussion with my own utterly worthless opinion. I guess it's my way of deeply regretting the single most avoidable flaw in my adopted country's culture. A crying shame on all counts.
  6. Exactly correct Sir. I have a Honda Click 125cc, and am quite sure I could easily kill myself, the pillion rider, and several pedestrians with such a machine only going 40 kph. Momentum and impulse forces are a bitch! A beer bottle traveling 40kph will put you down quickly no matter where it hits you. Hit in the head or sternum could splatter your brains or kill you by shocking your heart into fibrillation. I actually fear the young sub-teen fools on small bikes driving at high speed with no situational awareness much more than the relatively few older fools on big loud bikes. I'm VERY sure these 8-10 yo kids don't have a license, much less their 3-5 yo passengers.
  7. Thaivisa Calendar 2018

    Many thanks to the creator. I was just thinking about how to get a list of all the official Thai holidays. Then it popped up!
  8. Nothing personal to digger70, but I for one am truly weary of the "one I must obey" meme that keeps popping up on these forums. Are you in servitude to your woman for sex, is it extortion, or something else darker still? I assume this is meant in jest but leaves me cold. Marriage does not imply slavery to me. If you embrace obeisance then you are indeed a slave. Grow some b*lls guys! Note to moderator: I realize this is off topic, so please move to the correct forum so I'll know where to post such tripe in the future.
  9. Online Shopping?

    OK, this forum sounds interesting. Can anybody provide links such as Shopee that have english language text. Shopee may be great if you read Thai....I don't. Lotus, Tesco: yes, I know the stores and shop there, but do they have web sites in English? Lazada is the only one I know about and it's site navigation is pretty poor, but tolerable since it's the only game in town for me so far. I would love to be able to order lots on things online. Thanks
  10. Count me with the happy Americans here. Yes, there are problems here, and traffic safety is a major detraction from the allure of LOS. The government is a junta, but in my country The Orange Raccoon is turning it into a fascist state as quickly as possible. And given how well past presidents and congress has pursued the same goal, The Cheeto In Chief doesn't have far to go. While Prayut might aspire to such a level of control of his citizens, it will be decades before Thailand has the funding, infrastructure, or technical expertise to pull this off. I'll be ashes by then, or perhaps dead on a highway somewhere in Thailand after an 8 year-old on a motorbike puts me down for good. At any rate, what I disliked about my home country has gotten worse, and the things that were good or at least acceptable are going in the wrong direction. So here I am and here I will stay. Color me satisfied and content in LOS. You whiners just keep on with your constant criticism if it pulls your chain every day. Maybe you've been in Thailand too long to appreciate how much better it is than the martial law, tax-'em-till-they-bleed surveillance states you came from. As many have said before, and it bears repeating: If you don't like it here then go the hell home. It just leaves more for the rest of us here. Let me know and I'll help you pack just to get rid of you. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. By the way, the American beauties in the story picture do absolutely nothing for me anymore. I much prefer the Thai women's exotic looks myself. As for temperament, hey, women are the same round the world. Live with it or give it up. The choice is yours.
  11. Police Check Non-immigrant b visa

    Go to your local police station in your home town and ask for an official criminal record check. This is standard and they will do it and give you an official record document for a few bucks. Thailand is looking for criminals, not civil offenses. I was arrested for the evil weed when I was 19, (now 68) and after spending $200 to register with the US GOES system, which uses FBI background check, for faster airport access they rejected me and I wasted my money. Maybe a FBI background check would have turned that up, but the Non-O visa just ask non-specifically for a background check document from my home country so I gave them one! The Colorado Bureau of Investigation didn't show the weed offense , a misdemeanor and that's what I submitted for my visa application. I lost many nights at home worrying about this and delayed applying for my Non-O visa with the consulate in San Francisco. My Thai friend told me not to worry. She was correct. I got the visa in a week and never spoke to a soul in SF. I've now completed my first 90 report with no snags and am happily living in LOS. I have since seen the extreme error of my ways and am completely healed and rehabilitated from my tragic life of crime of 50 years ago. I thank the powers that be for my salvation every day!!!!!! For what it's worth, I bet you have nothing to worry about.
  12. Good thought! on the measurement system, stick to your guns. That will teach these heathens that you're nobodies fool. In the meantime it guarantees that you will be misunderstood and cause annoying errors.
  13. Why do think they're called Imperial units? The frogs are the ones who have always pushed metric units.
  14. Although I've tried, as near as I can determine there are no rules of the road in Thailand except "Me First" and "Up to Me" . I feel sure that there are road statutes but since they are only rarely and selectively enforced, it is best to assume that they don't exist. Initially I thought Thai drivers were annoyed with others drivers but finally realized that most Thai drivers see other traffic not as vehicles carrying passengers, but simply impersonal impediments to their own progress, much like a pothole. From shear experience and observation I have developed my own rules based on empirical knowledge. On divided highways I always drive in the right (innermost) lane, being careful to meet or exceed the posted limit. I do this for several reasons : 1. I avoid motorcycles (and cars!) going with and against the proper traffic flow who cause traffic hazards on the narrow shoulders. 2. This largely avoids the wandering cars and overloaded trucks and other slow moving traffic and inattentive drivers. 3. The Rocket ship drivers will pass you with narrow margins regardless of the lane you are in. In that regard I find that they only rarely try to pass me on the right using the shoulder of the road as their personally designated passing lane. 4. Therefore I can focus my attention on the traffic on my left mainly (but not totally!) That said, there are two problems with this system: 1. No driving system will always work because there are no generally accepted rules of the road here. 2. I must be hyper-aware when approaching and navigating the U-turn lanes. The principal hazard here are the drivers determined to force entry by easing their vehicles into my lane, following some obscure logic that escapes me entirely as it poses high risk to me and them. 3. Motorcycles often choose to create ad hoc U-turn/wrong way access lanes for themselves at unexpected places, often appearing in my lane from the ditch in the medium and crossing the road in front of me to proceed the wrong way on the shoulder of the road on my side of the medium. To keep my mind focused on safety I play a variation of the "I Spy" road game. I constantly scan the traffic in front of me, behind me, and on both sides of me. The game is to determine what each driver will do before he does it or even knows he will do it. The problem with this game is that sane people tend to use reason and logic to predict events. This can lead to spurious predictions in nearly every aspect of social behavior in LOS. For a society that appears to embrace a relaxed approach to all aspects of life, it is a mystery to me why some of them drive like maniacs, even passing me, to go two blocks down the road before pulling in front of me again to quickly stop and exit their vehicles. I will end this rant by saying that I treasure my life in Thailand and honor the way Thai people choose to lead their lives. Unlike many on these forums, I don't wish for Thailand to enact and enforce myriad increasingly senseless laws and regulations that choke and smother society in my on Shining Land Across the Sea, which I fled from with extreme prejudice. The only way I would choose to change things here would be for people to realize that when they drive with no forethought or regard for their own safety or that of their passengers and those vehicles and pedestrians around them, that they can reap only death and destruction with no meaningful gain in reaching their destination.
  15. Risk taking by Thai workmen

    Many things in life are a risk. Driving, walking, even breathing is a calculated risk. We are all one heartbeat away from oblivion. Most "civilized" countries' regulations are now well past the reasonable measures range into overburden and repression. I'm quite happy with the level here thank you. I'll trade personal risk for freedom and liberty every day and in every way. Those who choose otherwise deserve the government nightmares they foster AND tolerate, if not embrace. It's way too late to make that choice in most of the world. I know this too well. I recently fled from one of the worst. Thailand is nothing less than a sanctuary for me. Fortunately, very few people see it as such. How do you spell relief?